Tooth decay can occur when acid is produced from plaque, which builds up on your teeth and can lead to further problems, such as dental caries (also known as dental cavities), gum disease or dental abscesses. At Parkfield Dental we adopt a preventative approach to ensure that dental decay is avoided where possible.
At Parkfield Dental, our preventative approach includes regular check-ups, as well as offering advice on how to prevent plaque and decay. How to improve your diet, oral hygiene and fluoride guidance are all covered.
Your smile is important to us and we offer a variety of solutions to ensure decay is eradicated. Many patients do not realise they need a filling, which is another reason why regular check-ups are so important.
During your filling procedure, a small amount of local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area, then the decay is removed. Your dentist will then clean the area ready for the composite filling, and fill the cavity. This can be done with different materials depending on the finish you would like, usually either silver or ‘tooth coloured’.
Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional but can be natural-looking as well. Many people prefer to have ‘tooth-coloured’ composite fillings rather than silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.
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Composite fillings are a technique of restorative dentistry that fills your cavity to prevent further decay. We make our tooth coloured fillings from a white composite to match the natural colour of your teeth and appear less invasive than silver metal fillings. Here are some of the reasons patients here at Parkfield Dental are choosing white composite fillings:
We know that people with metal fillings can sometimes feel self-conscious about their fillings. The truth is that metal fillings stand out in stark contrast to the appearance of the rest of your teeth and mouth. Nobody wants to feel like they can’t smile broadly or open their mouth wide in laughter in case somebody sees their fillings. Tooth coloured composite fillings help to restore your teeth to the appearance they had before your cavity. If you feel self-conscious about having metal fillings, a white composite is the perfect choice for you. You can enjoy smiling with confidence!
Our white composite fillings are incredibly durable, long-lasting and hard-wearing. Of course, their true endurance is dependent on your own dental and oral hygiene. However, with proper care, a tooth coloured filling can last you for years to come.
Silver metal fillings are often known to discolour teeth after a while. What happens is that the metal in your mouth naturally begins to affect the teeth around it. This can leave your surrounding teeth with a slightly greyish tint. If you choose the tooth coloured fillings, you won’t have this problem. Our white composite fillings don’t discolour your other teeth at all!
Our white composite fillings are bonded to your teeth, as opposed to metal silver amalgam fillings. This means that more of your tooth’s natural strength is restored, giving your better durability and longer-lasting tooth strength.
Because tooth coloured fillings involve bonding a custom composite to your teeth and cavity, it is less invasive than metal fillings. When getting a tooth coloured composite filling, we won’t need to remove much of your damaged tooth in order to place your new filling. This actually helps to reinforce the strength of your tooth, especially compared to metal fillings. Metal fillings often require parts of the damaged tooth to be compromised and removed in order to be fitted.
Traditional silver amalgam fillings bring with them certain risks to your teeth. This is because the metal has a tendency to expand and contract with changes in the temperature. This near-constant, if very slight, contraction and expansion puts pressure on your tooth. After enough time, this constant pressure can actually cause your tooth to crack and break. This is always a huge pain and means that you’ll need to deal with some extensive dental work to fix it. Tooth coloured fillings, however, are made from a composite and won’t expand or contract – making them safer for your teeth.